September 12, 2019
Scripture: Isaiah 43:19
Look! I’m doing a new thing; now it sprouts up; don’t you recognize it? I’m making a way in the desert, paths in the wilderness.
A Thursday Prayer: Overwhelmed! Swamped! Buried! So often the news and the events of the world can leave us feeling incapacitated. Could there be, Merciful God, an agenda of despair? Could there be a strategy that seeks to discourage? If social media bombards us with tragedy and suffering, suggesting how the immensity of the problem is beyond our capacity to solve, we end up shaking our heads and making ourselves comfortable watching more of the same. Could it be, Merciful God, that you provided us Jesus to pushback against the narrative of hopelessness? Your gift to the world told his disciples how they’d do even greater things, and if that’s the case, what would it mean if a few billion of us got together? There were only 12 among them, and their witness changed the course of history. What could we do if only we listened to your Spirit, and not the mind-numbing nothingness of today’s talking heads? It’s ok to be informed, but not by those who present their opinion as the obvious and reliable truth. Provide us information from which we can gain knowledge, and then guide our choices based upon the love and compassion we see in Jesus. You’ve not called us to be the most enthused spectators, but passionate about enfleshing the love of Jesus. Let us take this message of hope to the heart of a hurting world. Amen.
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